Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post brought staff members Scott Murphy and David Aleksov together to peruse each other’s tastes:
Tag Archive Joy Division
At age 22, I’ve already seen countless bands announce their retirement. From the almighty Isis calling it quits in 2010 to The Safety Fire using April Fool’s Day as a means to actually announce their breakup, to even bands like Rush announcing that after more than 40 years of touring that their last US trek would be the end—we’ve seen great bands come and go. However, it is a common trend that once a band has disbanded, the populace, particularly in the music scene, begins to talk about their legacy. This leads to some major differences depending on the band. The whole point of a legacy is to do something that warrants novelty, that makes a large impact on something in its respective field in some way. But how do we accurately define what a “legacy” truly is in a way that makes it uniform for all bands, short lived or otherwise?
Recently a certain fact has become harder and harder to escape. It seems as if almost every piece of extreme music, or just any music in general, that you listen to has at least a dash of post-punk, or, now more notably, one of its most distinct sub-genres — shoegaze. There has been a spike of interest in these genres as bands like Kylsea and Deafheaven, and now even Baroness, move into far more shoegaze driven territory, embracing the idea that metal is allowed to both be pummeling and relaxing, often at the same time. Similarly, from the hardcore side of the spectrum, acts such as Ceremony and Coliseum have almost entirely abandoned their hardcore roots in favor of sounds far more closely linked to Joy Division and Interpol. While it may not be completely changing the face of metal as we know it, post punk and its associated sub-genres are now an undeniable element in the playing field of extreme music, allowing artists to explore new areas that were, before, completely closed off to them. Below we will explore some of the more popular mash-up genres of post punk and metal, explaining why and how they work.
On June 14th, 2015, noise rock group Girl Band took the stage. Although they live up to their genre, they do not, however, live up to their band name. Composed of four guys making – you guessed it – noise rock. Everything from using an empty beer bottle as a slide on the bass to using a Digitech whammy pedal like it’s nobody’s business on the guitar (take that, Sworn In. Step up.), Girl Band were certainly an interesting opener. Next up were hometown heroes Sannhet. The instrumental trio took the show by storm with their atmospheric vibes and a mixture of post-rock and black metal riffs. Although it’s a personal opinion, they were honestly the best performance of the night (editor and videographer Nick agreed when he filmed them earlier this year). Be sure to catch them on their west coast tour with Planning For Burial and King Woman this July. Finally, Alberta post-punk band Viet Cong took the stage. Viet Cong closed out the show with their slow, new wave/Joy Division/The Cure sound. Although the band has the name of a past army that fought the United States in the Vietnam War, the band and their music is anything but aggressive/chaotic. Good vibes all around. Be sure to check out their self titled debut album, and take a look at the pictures below!
During his time as weekend editor here, one of the consistently most popular features Brian Shields would run was the What We’re Really Listening To column, which would ask either Heavy Blog staff or musicians to share the music they’ve been jamming the most recently. We’ve decided that it was too fun an idea to not continue, so we’re picking up where he left off. It should come as no surprise that we at HBIH are constantly listening to music, and as an effort to recommend as many quality tunes as possible, here is a glimpse into what has been dominating our playlists for the past week.
For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net.
Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Hello, hello and welcome to the eighth (!!!) part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. As has become the norm for now, we break away from genre limitations once again to explore a different group of albums. This time, we explore a tricky feat to pull off: an excellent debut album.
Often times, debut albums fall into two categories: either they are not mature enough and leave a sense of disappointment after they’re done or they are amazingly well performed, forever setting the bar high for whatever band released them. Many a debut album spelled the birth and death of a band, as all future releases would always be compared to that original, majestic iteration. That being said, there are plenty debut albums who have launched successful careers, laying the first stone in the path of a band’s career. Which is which on the list below? That is for each of you to say. Let’s get started!
It’s been about a month since we peeked behind the curtains to see what the Heavy Blog staff is (really) listening to. We start our three-part update after the jump.
It’s no secret that post-black metal relies heavily upon New Wave music from the 80’s. Listening to many of these so-called blackgaze bands that Niege (Alcest, Amesoeurs) has graced or inspired, you can hear bits of The Cure or Joy Division pop through. Lantlos mastermind Markus Siegenhort decided it was time to just take the sound back to its roots and call it a day apparently, as his new side project LowCityRain is straight-up New Wave, with nary a trace of black metal in sight.
Nachtmystium have a habit of mixing things up when you least expect it — their transformation from traditional, earthy black metal to a blackened sound more at home in the vast emptiness of space is well documented. Both of the Black Meddle collection were well panned and praised by large sections of the metal community, meaning they succeeded in doing what a lot of groups fail to do in this day and age — get people’s attention. So instead, new track ‘As Made‘ finds the band taking a hard left turn down into the grisly industrial world of Ministry through the use of a robotic rhythm section and extensive electronic effects, it’s not known whether the band will continue this sound as it will be released as a two track EP alongside a cover of a Joy Division track but I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing them take this route in the future. The ever knowledgeable Invisible Oranges has the stream, so check it out!